US Congress Opens Inquiry into Proposed U.S. Nuclear Deal with Saudi Arabia

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The US congress has launched an investigation into allegations that top US administration officials have pushed to build nuclear power plants throughout Saudi Arabia despite objections from White House lawyers who question the legality of the plan and the ethics of a venture according to a new report by House Democrats released on Tuesday.

The report is the most detailed portrait to date of how senior White House figures worked with retired military officers to circumvent the normal policymaking process to promote an export plan that experts worried could spread nuclear weapons technology in the volatile Middle East. Claims presented by whistle-blowers and White House documents obtained by the House oversight committee show that the company backing the nuclear plan, IP3 International, was working so closely with allies in the Trump political world that the company sent draft memos that would be needed from the president for the nuclear export plan to Mr. Flynn just days after Mr. Trump took office.

The Democrats’ investigation comes at a sensitive time, when lawmakers of both parties are incensed over the Trump administration’s reluctance to punish Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi government over the killing of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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